How To:Nålebinding

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Many stitches are known by their common names, which are often taken from the first extant find. However, there have been several to create nålebinding notations.

The notation developed by Hansen is probably the easiest notation to understand. Hansen uses U for under, and O for over when the work is viewed flat, plus additional notation for joining stitches to a previous round.

   F= Join from the front, e.g. F2 join to the previous row by going through 2 stitches from the front
   B= join from the back

There are also notations by Hald and Nordland, but these are not as comprehensive.

Stitches found in our period

  • Åsle
  • Coppergate/ York (UU/OOO F2)
  • Finnish Stitch 2+2 (UUOO/UUOOO F2)

Example: Mitten, Eura, Finland. 1025

  • Korgen (UOO/UUOO F1)
  • Mammen (UOO/UUOO F2)
  • Oslo (UO/UOO F1)


  • Mitten, Arnheiðarstaðir, Iceland. 900. Plied course wool, two colours
  • Mitten, Lund, Sweden. 1000. Wool
  • Mitten, Oslo, Norway, 11th C
  • Saltdal


  • Nalbinding - Nålbindning - Nålebinding A comprehensive resources, covering stitches through history, but concentrating on Finland. Includes linsk to video instruction.
  • Mittens, mittens, mittens. Larry Schmitt
  • Lessons in Nålbinding: Lots of Socks. Larry Schmitt. Cottage Grove, Wisconsin: Lawrence W. Schmitt, 2000.
  • Nalbinding Made Easy, Briansdotter, Sigrid [Decker, Anne Marie]
  • Nalbinding. What in the world is that!, Ulrike Claßen-Büttner